CHIPER – Call for Nominations

Are you, or is someone you know interested in a unique challenge in the area of ethics and privacy review for health research?

Research Improvements Through Harmonization in Manitoba (RITHIM) is a new initiative led by Research Manitoba that seeks to redesign the process of ethics review in Manitoba.

We are establishing the Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy, and Ethics Review (CHIPER) as part of this process, which will be an independent, multidisciplinary committee of RITHIM consisting of health professionals, members of the scientific community, and experts in ethics, privacy, access to data, governance, and performance management.

CHIPER’s mandate is to provide robust reviews of medical research ethics and privacy, and to streamline the process for operational impact reviews. CHIPER conducts evaluations of research protocols to ensure that researchers adhere to ethical principles with respect to the conduct of research and the access, collection, and storage of personal health and other information. As a result of the new format of the committee, we have the opportunity to recruit CHIPER members.

Duties of CHIPER Members
CHIPER Composition

Recruitment for additional CHIPER members and Vice-Chairs is now open. We aim to finalize CHIPER’s roster in June 2020, and begin training sessions shortly after.

We are seeking two Vice-Chairs, one for Health, and one for Bio-Medical.
If you are interested in the role of Vice-Chair please review the Terms of Reference and email Freyja Arnason with self-nomination to:
Vice-Chair Terms of Reference

You can also find more info about the call for nominations information in the following documents:
Vice-Chair – Call for Nominations – General Info
Members – Call for Nominations – General Info

For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Freyja, she can be reached at or at 204-942-1948.

*Note that the SOPs posted are provisional. They have been reviewed by a working group, but have yet to be approved by the Provincial RITHIM Committee.